Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is one of five types of benefits paid by the federal government under the Social Security Administration (SSA) to people who are facing a health challenge that results in a disability. Under the plan, the federal government helps adults or children who are disabled and have limited resources and a limited ability to earn money.
Under the SSI program, cash is provided to buy the basics – food, clothing, and shelter and SSI will make payments to individuals with a low income who are age 65 or older, are blind, have a disability, and have a limited capacity to earn, as well as children up until the age of 18.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the SSI program out of the U.S. Treasury general funds, not Social Security trust funds. Florida pays a supplement to people receiving SSI and you must apply for the supplement at the state agency.
Unlike Social Security, these benefits are not based on work history. A person’s income and resources will be calculated. Resources are defined as shelter, social security benefits, pensions, bank accounts, real estate, and all kinds of investments. There are income limits depending on where you live, and if you are married, part of your spouse’s income and resources will be calculated to determine whether or not you qualify for SSI.
If you are an SSI beneficiary you may also be eligible for Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. You may be able to receive Social Security benefits while also receiving SSI. A government publication, What You Need To Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), is available online.
Disabled or blind children also can receive SSI and more information is available online through www.socialsecurity.gov or toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. You will need to make an appointment with a Social Security representative.
Farah & Farah’s Jacksonville Social Security Disability attorneys can help streamline the process by submitting a complete claim that is more likely to survive scrutiny and our attorneys will represent you in a challenge any denial of your benefits. Contact us at 855-797-9899